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  1. The Devil's Company: A Novel
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  2. The Devil's Company: A Novel

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BONUS: This edition contains a The Devil's Company discussion guide.

From the acclaimed and bestselling author of The Whiskey Rebels and A Conspiracy of Papercomes a stunning new thriller set in the splendor and squalor of eighteenth-century London.

The year is 1722. Ruffian for hire and master of disguise Benjamin Weaver finds himself pitted against a mysterious mastermind who holds the lives of Weaver’s friends in the balance. To protect the people he loves, Weaver must stage a daring robbery from the headquarters of the ruthless British East India Company, but this theft is only the opening move in a dangerous game of secret plots, corporate rivals, and foreign spies. With the security of the nation—and the lives of those he loves—in the balance, Weaver must navigate a labyrinth of political greed and corporate treachery.

Explosive action and utterly vivid period detail are the hallmarks of an author who continues to set the bar ever higher for historical suspense.

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The following will be a "spoiler" for anyone who has not read the book. I have only one problem with the novel: when, at the end of the book, when all is being re veiled, Ellershaw holds up the volume of the plans and tells everyone that he has the only "extant" copy of said plans, and then we have "Even from the distance at which I sat I knew there could be no doubt of it. It was the very volume I had delivered to Devout Hale that morning." The problem is that until that moment, there is no way for Weaver to have known that Hale was the spy for the company. Therefore, since he gave the accurate book to Hale, it has to have been the accurate book that Ellershaw held up. And yet, in the final bit of explanation of all of the twists and turns, Weaver has it that he gave the false book to Hale, who then gave it to Ellershaw. But why would Weaver give the false one to Hale when Weaver was trying to help Hale and the silk weavers? Weaver had no idea that Hale was... Read more
While I loved Conspiracy of Paper and the Whiskey Rebellion, I was disappointed by The Coffee Trader, and even more so, by The Devil's Company. The problem for me was that Benjamin Weaver has been such a tough-minded and crafty protagonist in Liss' other books, able to out-wit and out-brawl his opponents. But in this novel, he is rendered completely powerless and ineffectual for the first 150 pages, that I lost interest, because even a historical mystery work of fiction has to be somewhat plausible to be readable. So, while Liss seems to be rather inconsistent in terms of the quality of his novels, I still look forward to the next one.
Because I enjoyed the coffee trader, by David Liss so much, I looked forward to reading this book with great anticipation. What a letdown. So slow paced and contrived , I found that I simply didn't care about any of the characters, their outcomes, or the conclusion of the story. Although I generally will finish a book out of perseverance and determined curiosity, after all, it got many good reviews and remarks, I chose to abandon it with 100 pages left to read. Simply put,it was a great disappointment.
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